Jupiter from an Unusual Vantage Point


This isn’t your typical backyard telescope view of Jupiter and three of its moons (Io, Ganymede, and Callisto). It was taken by the long range camera aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in August, 2017, when it was about 170 million km from Earth and roughly 670 million km from Jupiter.

OSIRIS-REx is now closing in on the asteroid Bennu and will land there later this year to collect a sample of its surface material. If the mission goes as planned, the spacecraft will return the sample to Earth in 2023.

Image Credit: NASA

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